Summary: If you’re struggling with depression or discouragement, come to Jesus in prayer, connect with other Christians, and never give up.
BROKEN: HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS, DEPRESSED AND DISCOURAGED
HUMOUR INTRO: When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the car, playing golf - always something more important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway." The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.
“I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works. I think about what you have done. I reach out for you. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don't turn away from me, or I will die.” (Psalm 143:4-7, NLT).
• How many of you can relate to those words?
• “Losing all hope, paralyzed with fear, my depression deepens, I will die.”
• These words were penned by King David, a man after God’s own heart!
• Job: “And now my heart is broken. Depression haunts my days.” (Job 30:16, NLT).
• Do you feel like you’ve lost all hope, fearful, depressed, and thoughts of dying?
• Do you rarely laugh anymore, feel exhausted, and lack joy in your life?
• There is hope for those who may be struggling with depression.
• If you feel this message isn’t for you: Even though you might not be struggling with depression or discouragement, you absolutely know someone who is!
New Christian, faith church = “I’m on top and rising.” No doubts, fears, troubles or problems. But as I continued in my walk of faith, I experienced rejection, hurts and pain. I had bad days, dark days, depressing days, days I wanted to give up. How could that happen?
STRUGGLING SAINTS IN THE BIBLE:
God doesn’t candy-coat the stories and characters of the Bible.
They were real men and women with real problems and struggles. Look at these heroes of faith who struggled with depression: Abraham (Gen. 15); Jonah (Jonah 4); Job (Book of Job); Elijah (1 Kings 19); King Saul (I Sam. 16:14-23); Jeremiah (Jer. & Lam.); David (Psalms).
WHAT CAUSES DEPRESSION? Abuse, conflict, death or loss, genetics, major events (life change), mental illness, substance abuse, being bullied, guilt over sin. Many different reasons!
THE STORY OF A WOMAN WHO WAS BROKEN:
“But Jesus needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well.” (John 4:4-6, NKJV).